Your Class Network

Ever wonder what's going on with your former classmates? Welcome to Class Notes online where you can stay abreast of the latest professional activities and other important milestones in your classmates' lives. Visit often, as we are frequently updating the site, with information compiled from alumni, including news published in local and national media.

Hanna Cao was promoted to Of Counsel in the Beijing office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the firm's Corporate, Securities & Finance Group. Cao advises international clients on a broad range of China-related business matters including investments and operations in financial services, healthcare, internet, technology, education, media, and manufacturing. She also assists Chinese companies with strategies to grow internationally. (1/9/2014)

Joshua R. Kopelowitz was promoted to partner at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. in the firm's Real Estate Litigation Group. He focuses his practice in all areas of complex litigation including commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes, HP proceedings and Yellowstone Injunctions. (9/8/2013)

Galete J. Levin became a partner at Cullen and Dykman in the firm's Banking Department in April 2013. Levin joined the firm upon graduation from law school, and she represents real estate lenders and financial institutions in commercial lending matters, principally mortgage loans secured by multi-family and commercial real estate in a variety of states. (3/10/2014)

Justin J. Mazzola, a research associate at Amnesty International, participated in a conference, "Killing by Drones: Human Rights Implications," at New Mexico Highland University in April 2013. Mazzola has worked in the Research Unit of Amnesty International since 2003, and has contributed to reports on police abuse of LGBT people and the failure to protect indigenous women from sexual violence. (9/11/2013)

Athena M. Mihalos was elected counsel in the Matrimonial and Family Law Department of Phillips Nizer LLP. Mihalos negotiates divorce settlements and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and litigates disputes involving custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and equitable distribution of complex asset structures, businesses and professional licenses. She is the former editor of the New York Domestic Relations Reporter. (9/11/2013)

Nicholas J. Minella, previously an agency attorney in the Legal Division of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in the Enforcement Unit of the Real Estate Bureau at the NY Attorney General's Office. Minella investigates complaints regarding cooperative and condominium securities offerings and prosecutes violators under the Martin Act and the NY Executive Law. He is also a Captain, Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. (3/10/2014)

Tatiana Y. Nicoli was featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Industry Magazine about her bookstore, Boulevard Books and Cafe, which she opened in 2010. Located in Dyker Heights, the bookstore has become a local community gathering spot hosting numerous activities including, author readings, book signings, story time, poetry nights, arts and crafts events, cooking demos, movie nights and books clubs. (9/11/2013)

Andrew D. Stillufsen, previously an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP, joined the Princeton, New Jersey office of Reed Smith LLP as a senior associate in its Life Sciences Health Industry Group. Stillufsen focuses his practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defense. (6/28/2013)

Robert G. Vidoni joined Dietrick Group Property Management, located in Allentown, PA, where he leads the organization's team and all of its operations as principal and general counsel. Vidoni was previously a corporate and real estate transactions attorney at Gross McGinley, LLP. (9/8/2013)

Dennis (Jack) Vilella, who maintains his own practice in New York City, founded 100 Lawyers Strong, an organization of attorneys affiliated for building an exclusive client referral network. The organization also provides professional support to its members. (3/28/2014)

We want to hear from you!

Please send us your news by fax to (718) 625-5242 or complete our online form for publication on these pages and for the next issue of BLS LawNotes.